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Our Kenmore HE3 front loading dryer gives off a fuel smell inside

The clothes smell like fuel, the inside of the dryer smells like fuel, the
exhaust smells like fuel. The laundry room does not smell.I have had the
lower front panel off of the dryer and everything looks clean. I took the back
off of the dryer and the cover and cleaned any dust. I took the part off that takes the heat from the flame up into the dryer and there is nothing in it.
the vent from inside the dryer to outside of the house is clean. The flame
looks blue with a little bit of yellow in it. I do not know what the problem is.

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When I had the back off of the dryer I did notice one thing that looked a little unusual. The vent
pipe, which the flame of the burner travels through, ( running from the burner to the back of the
dryer ) was painted, inside and out. Some of the paint was cracked and slightly bubbled, as though
it was melting from heat, and there actually was a small pile of soot laying there. I wiped off as much
of the paint as I could with a rag, and vacuumed it out, and put the dryer back together and ran it.
After running the dryer for a while we no longer have the smell. I don't really know if that was the problem
or not, but at least the smell is gone.

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